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no u.n. resolution on the handover of syria's chemical weapons should allow the use of force according to russia's foreign minister meanwhile his deputies in syria are discussing the deal this new reports of possible reveling in volved in chemical attacks in. a mass shooting in the u.s. capitol leaves thirteen dead but they learn gun man targeting a heavily guarded naval facility the motives behind the attack are still unclear. and the speaks exclusively to the lawyer of whistleblower edward snowden this week pace to get the details of the fugitives every day life months after his revelations lifted the veil on the n.s.a. sweeping snooping activity.
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through casting live from moscow this is art. now russia's deputy foreign minister is in damascus amid reports that the syrian government gave its allies crucial information about the use of chemical weapons in the country the french foreign minister was in moscow earlier talking to his russian counterpart sergei lavrov about how to move syria's disarmament process forward artie's paul scott has more. the two sides are discussing the best way forward to implement the deal that was agreed in principle between moscow and washington in geneva at the weekend the deal of course that would see syria dismantle its chemical weapons arsenal as you say there are also reports emerging received saying that damascus has handed over information to its allies suggesting that rebel forces have carried out chemical
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attacks in the country earlier on tuesday russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov had a meeting with his counterpart from france in moscow now the two sides don't see eye to eye over the possible wording of a u.n. resolution the u.n. resolution that would see syria dismantle its chemical weapons arsenal france along with the u.k. and the united states acting for the threat of sanctions and force to remain on the table in case damascus doesn't reply with any resolution where russia says that's not what was agreed in geneva. the u.n. security council resolution on syria's chemical disarmament won't be under chapter seven we clearly stated that in geneva and the document we signed there doesn't mention chapter seven but the u.n. will definitely control the entire disarmament process and will take measures if the process is not followed and it determines there haven't been any provocations but it seems that one thing is certain at the moment is by the fact that a deal has been agreed in principle it looks as if the diplomatic wranglings are
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going to continue for some time yet. well stephen wolf is here to discuss the developments around syria he's the london spokesman for the u.k. independence party mr wolf thank you very much for coming on to the program do you think this handing over of arms could actually work because there are still many divisions aren't there between the u.n. security council members could those be overcome do you think. well i think not only should they be overcome i believe they will be overcome it is in everybody's interests to ensure that chemical weapons are not used against the people of syria and we are grateful i think as a world to see that at least people are now beginning to talk diplomatically about getting rid of these chemical weapons from syria we've seen syria signed the nine hundred twenty five protocol at last we've seen sense in the united states that are allowing diplomacy to work and we were seeing also russia getting involved in putting pressure on syria to ensure that this works but there's
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a real sticking point isn't there because it's all about the use of force russia says that any resolution shouldn't include the use of force if it appears that chemical weapons haven't been destroyed but we have the u.s. the u.k. and france they all want that included how could that be overcome do you think. well i think the only way that it can be overcome is by actually the people of europe and the united states around the world doing exactly what they've done over the past couple of weeks when the threat of force was first initiated and that is to let their leaders their politicians know that we believe that there will be no good result of using force against syria in solving the intractable problem of the civil war by pressure by the public and by the people that secured this in the first instance i think we have to start again so in your opinion do you think the resolution should omit any reference to the use of force if chemical weapons are not destroyed. i think that would be the sensible approach at this stage because if
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you allow that concept of force being used in this resolution then you are pushing syria and our side against the war they don't have a reason sensibly to actually approach this resolution properly and hand over the chemical weapons because they will feel that not whatever they do they will still be found in the wrong because they only have to look to the historical context of what happened in in afghanistan and what happened in iraq for them to think well this will happen to them too so are you surprised by britain stance on this at the moment because just a couple of weeks ago there was that big no vote in parliament people as you said voted they were against it but it is it appears britain is now for it well the government in terms of the coalition and david cameron have always been for it but what happened on the historical day is that sensible politicians. came to the fore in forcing the government's hand to actually say no let's wait and
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allow george or not war in this instance the very fact that cameron is now backing the united states and the french once again is not changing his initial position but perhaps they're trying to find a way to get around the democratic. democratic options that were used in parliament ok thank you mr wolf we have an active time there that says stephen wolf london spokesman for the u.k. independence party live from london thank you. thank you. michael maloof has worked for the u.s. defense department for nearly thirty years he showed us what he claims is a classified u.s. intelligence report indicating that al qaeda linked rebels from the al nusra front were in possession of sarin gas the document also states that the poison could have been used in the attack on series largest city aleppo in march. i have. a report from
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a source who has direct connections with. classified information it's one one page i mean expecting others it's classified secret no foreign it's from the n g i c or the national ground intelligence center the u.s. military did an assessment based upon fifty indicators and clandestine interviews that the sourcing siren originated out of iraq into turkey before some of it was confiscated in may in turkey and that there has actually been a more significant amount of crn production both in iraq and in turkey going to the going to the opposition principally al-qaeda and we've had separate reports now that. elements are rather significant numbers and have and now
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have permeated into the opposition so the ability to be able to. distinguish who gets what and where is going to makes it much more problematic for this administration meanwhile seven people have been killed in a car bomb blast in syria in the country's border with many more have been injured in the explosion which took place either rebel controlled checkpoint we will bring in more on this as we get it. last week the united nations human rights council issued a report detailing widespread war crimes and crimes against humanity in syria blaming both sides of the atrocities committed all of these oaks on a boy spoke to a member of the u.n. independent commission that led the inquiry. this is the tenth reported that your commission issued on syria and reading them is becoming increasingly more difficult the footage and their testimonies of their chastity's are getting more and more
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brutal by that month the coverage that we are for encompasses all groups both government and non-government and humanitarian message that is relate is one that's relate to all sides so the nondiscriminatory aspect of our work in terms of covering all actors inside syria as well as a message for those backing them i think it's very important that we relay that message that the actors the perpetrators may have some backers what we call constituencies behind them and so our message also is to invite to and influence the constituencies behind the various groups and troops and so on to abide by human rights in metairie and law as well as to ensure that the people they give money to comply with human rights and humanitarian law.
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and you can watch the full program in about twenty minutes time here on r.t. and there's more on what's going on in syria on our web site right now we're reporting about the obama administration waiving federal law provisions in order to supply the syrian rebels more now story r.t. dot com. i'm a shooting at a heavily guarded u.s. naval command center has left thirteen people dead including the gunman himself the shooter is believed to be a former navy reservist but it's still unclear what. him to carry out the attack the washington navy yard is the navy's largest on shore establishment president obama has described the latest shooting is a cowardly act meanwhile the u.s. has witnessed numerous gun attacks in recent years in november two thousand and
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nine thirteen people were killed and thirty two injured in a rampage carried out by an army psychiatry at fort hood in texas two years later twelve people were shot dead when a gunman entered a movie theater in colorado and less than six months after that adam lanza attacked the sandy hook elementary school killing twenty six mostly children and in march this year another shooting spree at a military base left three dead including the attacker who opened fire on fellow service personnel and then a few months later an unemployed twenty three year old killed five people including his own father in santa monica. or the latest shooting left the country's capital in turmoil government facilities and schools were placed on lockdown and flights were suspended from a nearby airport the targeted navy command center is just blocks away from capitol hill and the white house as you can see here on this map well political analysts
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gordon duff says that such incidents highlight major flaws in america's security system. the issue we have i think is that we have a massive amount of security in places where it's highly visible where the threats are really very very low they're done for appearance sake only. america is it is a country with maybe two hundred million or more privately owned weapons. the idea of increasing security in the united states the people are very much against it they're tired of twelve years of being followed cataloged wiretapped apparently all our mail being read. people are tired of that and there is no amount of violence that's going to bring the american people to a point where they're going to want more government more watching more security more big brother. coming up in the private gramarye skeptically may play
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a key role in jim unease upcoming elections undermining the chances of angle in the party and their allies filming a governing coalition we've got the details in a few minutes. told him a language of all but i will only react to situations i have read the reports from . the petition and no i will leave them to stay clear to comment on your latter point. secure because i'm not talking no. thank you no more weasel words. when you need a direct question he prepared for a chase when you run should be ready for a. critical speech and slid down the freedom to cross.
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it's technology innovation all the developments around russia. the future covered. welcome back human rights watch claims there's evidence that bahraini security forces routinely detain and abuse children suspected of participating in anti government process that's actually according to this press release here that was issued today and here's a quote from it it says bahraini authorities often hold children for long periods in detention and subject them to similar forms of mistreatment as adult detainees
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including beatings and threats of torture or nicholas meekin one of the authors of this press release shared some of the alarming to us. it's part of a broader cracked bone on society an arbitrary detentions are very common mistreatment and detention is common and it often rises to the level of torture what we found is that there is a failure to distinguish between child detainees and adults so the children are mistreated in the same manner as as are those i think the most alarming the serenading issues referring to in this brief research that we conducted was the children being threatened with rape children being threatened with electrocution and children being beaten one point. beating outside of a police station was only stopped or lessened when a senior officer was brought on to the boss and he reportedly said beat them but do it quietly with the evidence that we produced would appear to be perhaps only the
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tip of the iceberg unfortunately a month has passed already since russia granted asylum to fugitive american whistleblower edward snowden he hasn't been seen in public since then or any of these details of his current life have been revealed but my colleague to bang not so i spoke to our tease lindsey france for more on the mystery now. so where is the snowden well that's the question everyone wants answered as quickly as possible there was word when he left the airport initially that he was actually staying with american friends so we sat down with anatoly don't know which is his lawyer assisting him ever since he got here in russia we asked him that very question and this is what he has to say that it is impossible at the moment to reveal where he's living we'll talk openly about that we believe the danger remains quite high what sort of danger do you mean by. what you have to understand is that
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he's being persecuted by a major us government and we fear that they could be some very serious consequences . even within the russian territory i mean they can chase and catch him here in russia. i don't think that is going to happen but we saw american special forces intervening in other countries also with regards to our own citizens they get detained abroad and transferred to u.s. attorney. this he. of course you don't he walks he can travel he enjoys traveling and he's interested in our history has he been recognized in the streets were while he was traveling you know he hasn't been recognized not so far ok so he hasn't been recognized on the street so far but he is paying for his own private security team to watch out for him and his father is reportedly coming to visit him very serious got to get all the paperwork taken care of so there we go speaking of security there was talk of him getting a job here so i'm guessing that he must be getting some kind of funding somewhere
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how's that going on and i mean does he have any office on the table do we know that well there's plenty of offers the question is will it be a book deal that he takes off will it be work as a program or will it be a talk show who knows we asked about this specifically and here's what he told us he's still receiving a huge number of offices and people are writing to him and calling there for assistance because they understand that this. needs to settle here he also gets calls from business executives from different companies who want to give him a job have there been any offers which surprised you. yes there was a woman about fifty years old who couldn't suggest snowden i found that pretty amusing yet as you can imagine an adoption office pretty amusing and also when he was in the airport he was also getting marriage proposals from women here and as you can imagine any business executive it would increase the public attention on their company if edward started work to take a job there but that does mention that he is very interested in that snowden is
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interested in doing human rights activism here in russia especially in light of what brought him here to begin with so we'll be watching that closely. so you got a taste there for exclusive interview with the lawyer assisting edward snowden and you can catch it in full next week here on r.t. in suffolk. germany will be electing a new parliament this weekend and it's promising to bring a close race with one party heading for an outright majority coalition talks are likely with outside the factions possibly having a decisive influence on what the bundestag looks like next week artie's peter oliver attended a rally of one of the parties that is now unexpectedly set to make
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a crucial difference. that germany's political new kids on the block but it does seem that alternative for germany will have a key role to play in shaping what the country does politically over the next few years though the most recent polls ahead of the elections next sunday suggest that alternative germany will be taking a good four percent it's expected they'll take far more from that when germans actually get in to the voting at the polling stations now five percent is what you need to take a seat in the bundestag and it seems alternatively germany will do just that a euro skeptic party they are anti euro and their party leader has been outlining exactly what he wants to do when just when the alternative for germany gets into the bundestag well you know that the euro skeptical skeptical of the efforts. that we have a number of other issues like for instance our energy policy our like the ability of our social security systems on
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a better. grade and you to ration utilities are you sure if you change the current or so that he's not going to make sure that you will the last four years as much as this is been a good campaign for alternative for germany it has been a horrific anglo merkel's current coalition partners the free democrats in fact many of the voters that would have voted for a democrat. seem to be turning towards other parties like alternative in germany now what that could mean is some pretty dicey discussions when it comes to getting together a coalition here after the election and alternatively germany's members are saying that if angle or merkel wants them to be part of a coalition it's her that's going to have to move towards them not the other way round but we will never work with angela merkel if she is not willing to soften her stand on the euro as it is right now it would be a real upset if anglo merkel wasn't returned as german chancellor after sunday's ballot but it does seem that after the votes of being cast the real political
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wrangling will start when it comes to forming a new coalition here in germany as usual we have got plenty more on our website at the moment including following in french footsteps paris smells curbing religious symbols in universities a british m.p. calls for muslim fails to be banned in u.k. schools. and in america one company's trains have been grounded for unauthorized mapping flights over colorado's floods you can read about this at r.t. dot com. right the scene. first for you and i think you're. on our reporters. in. the. press
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have a look at some international news in brief now a series of car bombings across has killed at least twenty people bombs went off in five different parts of the iraqi capital mostly in shiite areas dozens of people have been wounded iraq has experienced a spike in violence in recent months with tension escalating between sunni and shia communities. the costa concordia cruise liner has been pulled upright twenty months after it ran aground off the coast of tuscany killing thirty two people will now be towed away and scrapped after nineteen hours of efforts by engineers the crushed our board side was hauled out of the water no pollution from the wreck has been detected so far in two hundred ninety meter vessel is longer than the titanic with more than double the tonnage. a glowing message was beamed on to the side of the japanese embassy in berlin overnight the action in protest at japan's recent victory to host the twenty twenty limpid gangs was organized by german artist all
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of have been koski the stunt was designed to draw attention to the latest spike in radiation levels at the fukushima nuclear plant two crew members from artie's video agency ruptly were briefly detained by police while filming the protest. now three police officers and a medic have been shot dead while trying to arrest a suspected poacher in austria fifty five year old opened fire when he was surrounded by dozens of armed officers first he turned his weapon on the offices and then short in the merchant who was treating the scene he then took a hostage and drove to his farm after stealing a police car into place in woodland near the town of around one hundred kilometers west of vienna the man is still at large. the bolshoi theatre has ushered in a new season after a summer break and its artistic director has returned to work eight months after an
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acid attack that nearly blinded him so if elian has enjoyed dozens of operations to save his sites well the incident exposed bitter rivalries inside the world of russian ballet and caused ripples worldwide. was at the bolshoi theatre first three d. c. said the tough times for the bolshoi theatre are finally over and it is completely ready to free so the new season is specially after the artistic director is back at the how a man it was indeed a long awaited comeback and mr fell in looks margin now again ten he was also wearing t. as usual already usual accessories sunglasses now at this if the troops reunion there was no mansion of this horrific passage of time that really shattered the cultural walls of the russian capital in january of this year now one of the top dancers of the bolshoi theater probably make the change who actually used to play
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billions on stage is now on trial on charges of ordering this attack and our troops months and months of really long treatment and to dozens of operations siggy fillin says that he might still need further medical treatments but still for. now the artistic director years back at the theater. civil rights groups have been raising the alarm in the u.s. where over the weekend police officers opened fire on unarmed civilians in two different states artie's abby martin takes on the issue in breaking the set in an hour from now. well over the weekend america's grossly over militarized police force once again showed its true colors first in the charlotte north carolina where police killed twenty four year old football player jonathan ferrell who was seeking help after miraculously surviving a car crash the homeowner called nine one one and told dispatchers that a man was repeatedly knocking on her door police when they arrived at the scene fairly charged at them but something tells me that by charge they meant stumbling
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injured so naturally want to cops fired a stun gun and when that failed to stop them another police officer opened fire and killed him but not to be outdone in the police brutality department on the same day in new york city the n.y.p.d. opened fire in times square toward a man pretending to point a gun at officers sort of hitting the crazy man who was later found to be an armed police truck two female bystanders attacked and served more like shoot first ask questions later. coming up in a novice time next though it's worlds apart with focus on a boycott. we
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talked before about people getting in trouble throughout the u.s. city just for gardening in fact according to the christian science monitor a couple of florida has been fined five hundred dollars a day until they dig up their vegetable garden which is on their own property immediately people who write these articles draw comparisons to communist russia where people weren't allowed to grow their own food unless the state allowed it yes the revolutionary period in russia forced agriculture to change rapidly and often against the will of many of those involved and this did lead to starvation revolution isn't fun but what about after that well stalin and khrushchev gave out a lot of doctors which are private summer houses were. people guard and also there were markets in the soviet union where people could bring the food they grew to sell to see all these pictures behind me these are people in the soviet union selling food they produced privately and legally but there were some moments in soviet history when there were some taxes placed on the sale of your personal goods from your personal labor which according to russian website history of taxes was
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around ten percent whether you love or hate communism more than anything doesn't matter this half truth about shooting soviet gardeners burns like wildfire on the american side of the internet the real truth is that in fact when the us government for every reason in various forms clamps down on private gardens it isn't the same as communism but it's actually technically worse than communism for the majority of its lifespan where you could guard it up as you like excluding the brutal revolutionary period but that's just my opinion. on the bluff and while the part you think human rights council has just been presented with a new report detailing widespread war crimes and crimes against him.


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